New month, new #CodePenChallenge!

Last month, we wrapped up the shapes challenge with polygons. Check out the Pens from week four in our #CodePenChallenge: Polygons 🔷 collection.

This month, we’re paying tribute to our heroes.

We all have heroes. People we look up to because, in some way or another, we wish we were more like them or could accomplish what they have. They give our lives shape, in a way, through their strong influence on what we choose to do. Let’s take this month to reflect on who those people are to us. After we figure out who they are, let’s pay tribute to them by creating something, big or small, in their honor.

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Week One Prompt: Coding Heroes

Something tells us you have a passing interest in coding. Maybe it has something to do with the fact that you’re on CodePen right now 😉

Who do you look up to in the history of coding? There is a rich and interesting history of people inventing computers and expanding what they are capable of. Or who do you admire today?

Your Challenge

Pick someone admirable from the world of computers and make a tribute to them.

How to Participate

Create a Pen and tag it codepenchallenge and the weekly tag cpc-coding-hero. We’ll gather those Pens into a collection and share our favorites on Twitter and Instagram (Use the #CodePenChallenge tag on Twitter and Instagram as well).


  1. Ada Lovelace lived in the mid-1800s and is regarded as the first computer programmer. She published an algorithm to be carried about by a proposed mechanical “computer” called the Analytical Engine. The first!
  2. Alan Turing lived 100 years after Ada and is now considered to the father of theoretical computer science. The 2014 movie The Imitation Game goes into his life, including some massively influential code cracking in World War II.
  3. What is the most important piece of software the last project you worked on relies upon? Can you figure out who one of the most important creators of that software was? How might you thank them?


  1. Arkhitech has some ideas of who the 12 Greatest Programmers of all Time were. And here’s a longer list on Wikipedia.
  2. Exploring GitHub might spark some ideas!
  3. Conferences often feature notable coders. We’re lucky in this industry to have so many. Check out this list of upcoming conferences focused on the front end. Maybe one of those has a coder you could pay tribute to.